Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina
The larger suite in Reykjavík Marina contains a lifebuoy from the French trawler Cap Fagnet that ran aground just outside Grindavík.
Rescue of the crew of the French trawler Cap Fagnet
Frequent sea accidents and significant loss of life as a result marked the beginning of the efforts of ICE-SAR. Many of the association’s teams on the coast are specialised in search and rescue at sea and along the coastline.
The ultimate testing ground of the sea search and rescue operation of ICE-SAR was the rescue of the crew of the French trawler Cap Fagnet near Grindavík in 1931. Despite howling winds and crashing waves, the team succeeded in saving 38 shipwrecked sailors from drowning. Line-throwing equipment, which ICE-SAR had focused on obtaining for its teams around Iceland, was absolutely vital during the operation. The trawler disappeared beneath the waves as soon as the last crew member had been pulled to safety on land.
At present, rescue boats and ships of all sizes and types are operated by the association all around Iceland, operated by hardy and well-trained crews.